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Patti Smith: Advice For the Young

April 12, 2013 |  by  |  Insipirations, Uncategorized  |  Share

Nostalgic for Cowboy Mouth I indulged in Patti’s little sermon here.

This website also features Sophie Calle, one of my favourite artists and the inspration behind What Have You Done To Me?

Cowboy Mouth & Love It Up

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By The Town Centre.

THE LEGEND OF COWBOY MOUTH

Cowboy Mouth is a surreal, poetic piece dreamt up by Shepard and Smith in a war of words that lasted for two nights. Every reference in the play is infused with the true character of these two icons and the dynamic of their volatile love affair. Their performance on April 29, 1971 at the American Place Theater is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with Shepard presenting a double bill of his plays: Back Bog Beast Bait, starring his wife, followed by Cowboy Mouth with Smith. According to his friends, it was “one of the wildest autobiographies he ever produced and one of the most exciting performances they’d ever seen.” However, on the third night, unable to cope with the goldfish effect of playing out his reality on stage, Shepard vanished, forcing the show to close.

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THE LEGEND OF LOVE IT UP

Legend has that the fellow playing the Lobster Man bit part in Cowboy Mouth then found himself holding a gun to his head in a puff of smoke with flickering fluorescent lights on his face.  His lobster shell had gone and behind him stood a tall pregnant cosmic matriarch.  Patti was asleep in the bed and Sam had disappeared. During the course of the next 45 minutes he navigated an exstential dilemma: was he a lobster or was he Josh, an actor in a lobster suit?  Who was the matriarch and why was she whispering to him?  Who would help him keep all these planets she kept giving him in orbit?  Or was he in fact, the one who was meant to play Slim in the first place?

Love It Up is an absurdist post-dramtic theatrical adventure inspired by Timothy Leary’s writings about LSD.  The work takes the performers and audience combined on a deconstructed journey through psychadelic imagery, the universe, the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and leaves us with more questions than answers.

In the end it is the audience that decide what’s real and what isn’t, who’s telling the truth and who’s faking it.

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PATTI SMITH:PUNK POET QUEEN – Guardian Article

Watch Patti Smith’s Advice for the Young
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THE TOWN CENTRE and Q PRESENTS

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COWBOY MOUTH & LOVE IT UP
AN ACID TRIP WITH
PATTI SMITH.
THIS IS THE THEATRE OF ROCK AND ROLL
The Town Centre presents a double bill of Cowboy Mouth and Love it Up alongside a feast of live music from independent female artists including 2012 Critics Choice Award Winner Watercolours.
The long-buried theatrical writing of infamous rock ‘n roll matriarch Patti Smith and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard will  steal the minds of Auckland audiences in September 2014 at Q Loft.
Cowboy Mouth is a take-no-prisoners rock and roll love-romp through the seventies, while its provocative and devised counterpart Love it Up promises a mind-bending, heart-thumping arrival into a landscape of LSD pyschedelia.Originally performed in 1971 at American Place Theatre by Patti and Sam themselves, the play was written in the throes of a “real heavy passionate kind of thing” between the co-authors in the dim light of Patti pre-fame.
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(production still above: Ash uses practical lights to light his own monologue)
“…every new generation translates for itself. And it’s up to us to both embrace history, and break it apart. Blow it up even” Patti Smith, Dream of Life.
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(production still above: Immersive design.  The lovers take refuge an in inset fantastical booth with practical lighting.  The Q presents version will use this as a starting point for audience seating)

Foul-mouthed and fallen, they’re both as mean as snakes and living in the dream of too many morning-afters. This hazy hyper-reality is the perfect introduction to Love it Up, an experimental choreographic study on the outer thought of LSD. Hold onto your beads and your beginnings to let this beautiful blur of space, light and text fling open your doors of perception.

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(Produciton still above: Collective experience.  Lara is lit by audience members.  The design of the solar system around her is carried about by audience member as well.)

“life isn’t some vertical or horizontal line … it’s not neat… we feel and sense and see things simultaneously – walking through the interior of your own mind which is another whole jungle” Patti Smith; Dream of Life

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(Production Still Above: Audience participation.  Josh facilitates an enactment of the 9 planets in orbit by enlisted audience members’ help.)

This is your chance to inhabit the verbal and visual acid trip of a lifetime; this double bill is a double-vision, a doubly-troubled, and a double-edged thrust into the world of rock ‘n roll.

DIRECTION: Nisha Madhan LIGHTS: Stephen Bain SET & COSTUME: Lara Fischel-Chisholm

PERFORMERS: Ash Jones, Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu, Josh Rutter, Lara Fischel-Chisholm

WITH MUSIC by Hermione Johnson

VIEW THE TRAILER
Best of Theatre 2012 by Janet McAllister NZ Herald.
Review by Nik Smythe for Theatreview.
Review by Matt Baker for Theatrescenes.
Radio Interview with Charlotte Ryan for BFM.
Radio Interview with Eva Radich for Upbeat, Concert FM.
Preview by Courteney Peters for Gather and Hunt.
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